TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

The Back of the Haggard (slide) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Back of the Haggard (The)

I learned this slide from Eugene Lambe, a great piper and whistle player who did a huge amount of work recording the older musicians of North Clare back in the early 90s. Eugene himself learned “The Back of the Haggard” from the playing of Micho Russell.

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The Trip We Took Over The Mountain (waltz) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Trip We Took Over The Mountain (The)

I learned this beautiful waltz from Eugene Lambe, a great piper and whistle player who did a huge amount of work recording the older musicians of North Clare back in the early 90s. Eugene learned “The Trip We Took Over The Mountain” from the playing of Micho Russell.

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The Bird's (hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Bird’s (The)

The Bird’s Hornpipe is a tune I learned from Noel O’Donoghue, great flute player from Kilfenora. Hugh Healy also recorded this tune on his wonderful album Ceolaire.

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McGivney's Fancy (hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

McGivney’s Fancy

McGivney’s Fancy is a hornpipe associated with Éamon McGivney, a great fiddle player from Co. Longford originally but resident of West Clare for many years and one of the directors of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy since the early 1980s.

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The Kesh Jig (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kesh Jig (The)

The Kesh Jig is a very common session tune in Irish Traditional Music. One of memory that sticks out is a session with Sean Vaughan and Siobhan Peoples who started the session with this tune and great lift and energy.

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Random Tunes

Francis John McGovern’s

“Francis John McGovern’s” is associated with Charlie Lennon, even though it isn’t one of his compositions as far as I know. I learned it from my friend Thierry Masure, fiddle player from Belgium who lived in Clare for several years and still visits regularly.

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Christy Barry’s Jig No. 1

“Christy Barry’s Jigs” are well known all over the world, this is the first one. Christy is a great flute and whistle player from Ennistymon, but he has been living in Doolin for many years. I have learned many tunes from Christy, who has always been so generous in the way he shares his music.

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